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Carnegie Mellon Group Looks To Extend Educator Resource Through PD Platform

Working Examples (WEx), based out of Carnegie Mellon University, and BloomBoard have partnered to expand the number of professional development resources available to educators through BloomBoard.

WEx, which is based at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center, is a community of researchers, designers and educators who are developing new research, tools, curricula and programs using educational technology. BloomBoard is an online platform for individualized professional development for education.

According to information from CMU, WEx "will provide infrastructure and support to creators of professional development offerings, and a pipeline for their ideas to BloomBoard's marketplace." The partnership will enable WEx innovators to reach educators through BloomBoard, and it will enable teachers and administrators using BloomBoard to access professional development resources being created through WEx.

"BloomBoard will give the WEx community an expanded audience for those users who are building professional development tools and research," said Anna Roberts, director of WEx, in a prepared statement. "At the same time, WEx can provide invaluable feedback to BloomBoard's content creators and users, helping them build better tools and develop better resources."

WEx was established in 2009 and is home to hundreds of ideas and works in progress. BloomBoard was established in 2010 and offers books, articles, videos, live events and lesson plans for teachers. It also provides school districts with free tools for conducting observations and evaluations of teachers and principals and uses the resulting data to develop individualized learning plans for teachers.

Further information about WEx and BloomBoard can be found on the Working Examples and BloomBoard sites.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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